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New Series Volume 8, Number 9 

White Coats & 

Pickup Trucks... 

Profiles of the Rural 


issue 119 

July I —July 26, 2004 

Getting to 
know vou. 
getting to 
know all 
about you 

Shelton 's $3 Million Employment 

Dream for West Alabama 

PhotiV Brandon Love) 

Dr. joint Brandon practices 

medicine in fa, 

m By Dr. Jim Kenny 


"Quite frankly, a lot of 

medicine, now, is not about 

writing a prescription but 

bout understanding what 

people 's problems are..."— 

Dr. John Brandon, rural 
health care practitioner in 
Gordo and professor in 
I A's College of Community 
Health Sciences 

There are mam ways to 
gel to be a rural healthcare 
practitioner. Ever) one of 
them starts with being a good 
student who enjoys working 
with people. Something, 
then, turns vou to medicine— 
mav be it's a stint in the hospi- 

See Doctors 
Page 3 

Shelton alumnus, busin tit ami philanthropist Roland Pugh talk* about the „sj> million capital 
c a mp m gH for the Workforce Pet* mient Center. Pugh. the honorary chairman of the campaign, is 
working zoith NBC Tommy Hester, the chairman of the campaign. 

Bv Sherrv Snow 

Staff Writer 

If Shelton Suite and local 
business leaders have their 
way, manv West Alabarnians 
will Mx>n gain the knowledge 
il lakes to impnnc their liu's 
and will feel the power of a 
communitv behind them. 

She n is planning to 

establish, before ihe year is 
\3 million capita] fund 
or its Alabama Workforce 
Development renter. The 
dream and tl of this cam- 
paign, as well as the Center 
itself, is to . isl just abort 

am one who wants a job to 
learn the skills to land one. In 
the words of Lew 
Drummond. the director of 

hcl ton's endow menu who i 
working daily on the project, 

See Dream 

Page 4 

Remembering Fall tuition to 

increase $6 per 


Faculty staff and stu- 
dents take a fcio moment 
at 10:30 a.m. on I tin I 
around the Clock Taavr 
to honor Ronald Reagan 

by observing a moment of 

silence and listening to 
the tolling of the bells. Vie 
4i)th president died the 
Saturday before. 

Many Tusadoosans 
still remember Reagan's 

visit to T-Town in 1984, 
especially tlie Big Mac 
attack that fte got on th 
Way back to the airport. 

credit hour 

The college has 
announced a $6 per credit 

hour tuition increase far the 

fall semester. The basic rale 
will now be $90 per hour. 

Dean of Students Tommy 
Tavlor said, 'It is a reality that 
all colleges and universities 
must take action at times to 
financially strengthen and 

See Tuition 

Page 6 

The Courier 

•The end of reality ? 2 

•Warnings and more warnings... 

pages 4 & 5 
• New hobbies to explore... page 7 
•And much more! 


Look for the sales, discount coupons and special notices in the Courier's ads. For advertising information, call 391-2278. 

Page 2 

&I)clton S5>tatf Courier 

July 1 - July 26, 2004 

Annie proves quite 

a 'set' piece 

In the aits there is a phe- 
nomenon called the "set 

My favorite is the conver- 
sation between Jim and Huck 
on the raft in Huckleberry 
Finn w hen they dieuss why a 
Frenchman doesn't talk like a 
man. You could plop down 
that hilarious dialogue any- 
where spoken bv almost any 
one and it would be just about 
as runny, 

Theatre Tuscaloosa'a pro- 
duction June 17-27 of Annie 
was a set piece in more ways 
than one. 

First oi all. to be effective 
and enjoyable, the plav 's sets. 

familiar as they are, have to hit 

the audience as just right— the\ 
must produce that gasp, that 
"Ahhh" factor. Christopher 
Dunham's did. especially the 
marvelous accordion foldout 
of Daddy Warbuck's office. 

Then mere's the set chal- 
lenge of Annie herself. 
Everyone knows what she is 
supposed to kx>k like and 
sound like. Rosie Webber 
does. With a voice, oh. even 
more so! Webber is so good 
she almost "tosses off** her 
role. During a Saturday 

evening performance after a 
matinee turn, one had the feel- 
ing she had plenty t>f gas left 
in her tank and air in her lungs. 
Director Michael Can- 
assembled quite a siij->jx>rting 
ist around the crucial role ot 
Annie— and made sure the) all 

seemed to have as well as 

project fun. Charles Prosser 
made for a robust, if not quite 
the menacing Warbucks of 
the movie and other produc- 
tions. On the other hand, he is 
a true singer, which other 
shows ha\c given up for the 
sake of a truly convincing bald 
head. ( The con as opinion 
seemed to be that Pn user's 
was creditable.) 

The other principle roles 
were handled just as expertly 
and delightfully, and both the 
adult and the children's cho- 
ruses were filled with ener- 
getic and talented singers and 

The absolute challenge of 

a set piece is that everyone 

know s w hat to hope for. The 
absolute pleasure comes when 
it is delivered. 

-Dr. Jim Kenny 

Shelton State Community College 
announces record enrollment 

President Rick Rogers 
announced today that Shelton 
State Community College has 
once again broken its enroll- 
ment record. 

There were 92 1 6 students 
enrolled in academic, career 
technical and short-lcrm class- 
es during the spring 2(M>4 
semester, an increase of 2,763 
students over the spring 2003 

All divisions of the college 
enjoyed positive growth, with 
the most significant increase 
being in short-term technical 

Rogers attributes this con- 
tinued enrollment growth to 
several factors. "Shelton 
Stale's reputation for quality, 
dedicated instruction has con- 
tinued to grow and I feel that 
the student oriented service 
shown bv our faculty and staff 
has contributed to our success 
We are fortunate to be able u > 
serve West Alabama's educa- 
tional and workforce training 
needs and to be able to contin- 
ue to offer that education at a 

price that is realistic and 
affordable for all students.* 
Rogers said. 

"We continue to show sig- 
nificant increases in our short- 
term technical programs that 
place students in the job mar- 
ket quick I v." added Rogers. 

Interim Dean of Students, 
Diane Lav ton noted, Tbis 
marks the sixth consecutive 
year that Shelton State has 
seen enrollment increases. 
Our working relationship with 
area high schools and with 
lour year institutions such as 
The University <i Alabama 
allows us to present students 
with a seamless transition 
from high school to Shelton 
state, and then either on to 
further education or out into 
the workforce." 

Shelton State, which 
expects also exrx tgnifi- 

cant enrollment grow th for the 
summer 2(XW term, opened in 
1953 and has grown to 
become one of the three 
largest sch<x>ls in the Alabama 

College System. 



by AnTonio Nevels 

The End of Reality 'i 


Not our realiiv ladies and 
gentlemen: I mean the one that 
rev olves around se\. lo\ e, and 

Well, maybe thai does 
>und a bit like the world we 
live in, but the reality I'm 
Speaking of involves commer- 
cials and only lasts for about 
SO or SO minutes. 

I will be the first to admit 
that 1 hate Reality TV. The 
only show that I've really ever 
watched was The Bachelor 
and that's only because I want- 
ed to see a football player 
make a complete and utter 
fool out of himself. 

My opinion is that Reality 
TV is only hanging on by a 
thread, but that doesn't mean a 
thing if 1 don't have the facts 
to support my theory . 

To support my opinion, I 
sought the help of fellow stu- 
dents and Shelton faculty and 

Of those sun eyed, 76 per- 
cent said that it isn't must see 
TV, which contradicts what 

most networks say. 

David Sandy. \ f 

English instructor, tells 
us why he doesn't 
approve of 
this, '"It seems 
to be dispatch- 
ing show b 
w iih real writ- 
ing, and the 

producers lake 
the reality out 
of the show by 
manipulating it by keeping 
the bad guy* around just so 
that the audience will continue 
to turn in." 

Examples of the shows 
Sandy speaks of are shows 
such as The Bachelor and The 
Apprentice where the villain 
cornea back near the show's 


Reality TV's most 
watched shows. The Simple 
Life and American Idol, were 
voted as the most overrated 
show s on television. 

Idol finished in first place 

receiving 14 percent o\' the 

vote while The SimpU Lij 
received 12 percent. Survivor 
and The Bachelor tied for third 
in the survey receiving 10 per- 
cent of the vote each. 

The percentages aren't sig- 
nificantly high but for a ques- 
tion that received over 42 

responses 1 feel that they're 
good enough. 

Seeing as how American 

Idol is the most watched show 
on television, I wanted to get 
more information to see wh\ 
it's both loved and haled. 
Maurice Stuckey , speech 
instructor, and Kim Smith, 
I.JPN instructor, offered both 
of their opposing viewpoints 
on the snow. 

Stuckey said. "I just think 
that the show has gotten too 
much exposure. It's sort of like 
Who Wants to be a 
Millionaire because it 

started off 
really pop- 
ular in the 

but fizzled 

out after a 
w hile." 
«avs because 
people get to 
vote and interact it makes the 
show more popular and enter- 

Seeing as how Reality TV 
is part of pop culture I feel that 
it's important to include it too. 
That is why I asked the 
questions which actors, 
actresses, male singers, and 


AnTonio Neoefa, >ophomore 
at Shelton State 

female singers were the most 
overrated in their respective 

Brad Pitt was voted the 
most overrated male actor 
with 26 percent of the vou 
while Justin Timherlake was 
voted the most overrated male 
singer bv just nudging out 
Ruben Studdard by a mere 4 
v otes. 

Actress Jennifer Lopez 
won by a landslide as the most 
overrated actress and Brittnex 


Spears dominated her field by 
taking 40 percent of the vote. 

Other questions that were 
asked in the survey will be 
addressed in later issues o( 
The Courier. 

I want lo thank all of you 
uho participated in this and I 
couldn't have done it without 
y our help. As for the show thai 
was voted the best on televi- 
sion. Law & Order was in a 
first place tie w iih the recently 
departed Friends. 

American Idol was tied for 
second with C.S./., The 
Simpsons and The Sopranos 
tied for third. 

I believe that the end of 
Realiiv TV is sooner than wv 
ail think. There's this new 
show on ABC called Wife 
Swap and apparently complete 
strangers switch wives. If thai 
isn't the sign of desperation 
then I don't know w hat is. 

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fjriton dtate Courier 


Amy P. Oswalt 

v Photographer 

Brandon Lovett 

Staff Writers 

the MCM 1 02 class 


Dr. Jim Kenny 

Business Manager 
Amy P. Oswalt 

The Shelton State 
Courier is a campus 
newspaper, written and 
produced with the help of stu- 

Among other functions, it 
is intended as a vehicle for stu- 
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with submissions of written 
and artistic material. 

The college seeks to fulfill 
the statement for academic 

freedom in working with the 
students in the production of 

this paper. 

All publications are subject 
lo review by the Publications 
Action Group, which has been 
delegated the responsihlility to 
review all college publications 
for content and accuracy. 

The Conner is an equal 
opportunity employer and stu- 
dent organization. All students 
are encouraged to participate. 


July I ~ July 26, 2004 


From Page I 

tal as a child, maybe it's 

watching a show on TV, or 
ma\bc it's watching you* 

daddy as \ t hi jirow up. 

That was the case lor John 
Brandon. MIX. who grew up 
watching his lather, long-time 
I uscaloosa pediatrician Dr. 

Karl Brandon, "(ii owing up as 

a ion of u physician. I knew 
what a physician's life was 
going to be like." Brandon 

And one thing he remem- 
bers is that it was often hard 
lor his dad to figure out what 
was wrong with his little 
patients from frantic phone 
calls: after ail, with pediatric 

must information comes to the 
physician indirectly. 

"Somen here about junior 
high it came to me that talking 
to parents of patients, sou 

were always iicitina infomiu- 
tion third-hand, which is. gen- 
erally, w hat pediatricians do. I 
just decided it would be nice if 
you were that parent '$ physi- 
cian, too. II vou knew the 


grandparents, then you knew 
\ en more." 
That explains family medi- 
cine, but how does the son of a 
T-town doctor end up plying 
his trade in Gordo? Surely a 
highly educated person would 
be tempted to bigger things? 
Brandon did. after all go to 
medical gel »l in New 
Orleans. "After I got out of 
college and went 10 Tulane, I 
found out, sure enough, I did- 
n't care anything about living 
in a metropolitan area. I came 
buck to Tuscaloosa thinking. 

all along, that I might be here 

in Ptckens County. Things 

just kind of fell into place" 

Now Brandon has fol- 
lowed his family medicine 
calling for 23 years, most of 
the time in a clinic just off 
Hw v. <S2 on the road trial leads 
ti ) ( arrol I it in . He has put i nto 
pi ■ the mindset he con- 
ceived as a boy and de\ eloped 
in med school: "I saw the ben- 

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cfits of know ing, if not every- 
body in the family, most pe« 
pie in the family, their social 
history, work situation. Quite 
frankh. a lot of medicine, 
now. is not about writing a 
prescription but about under- 
standing what people's prob- 
lems are. giving good advice 

si) patients know how to help 

Brandon s professional lil 
is busy and varied, typical I 
rural health aire provider. He 
sends patients to three differ- 
ent hospitals: Northport IX H, 
IX "H and Carrollton. He sees 
all the patients he can handle 
and must now av oid taking on 
new ones. He has Saturday 
hours and some evening clin- 

He gets a number of emer- 
gency cases, like chainsaw 

cuts or falls from ladders, 

because he is the onl\ doctor 

ff about 10 miles around. 

But one thinti Brandon docs is 

unusual: he also finds time to 
work with the next generation 
of physicians through the 
University of Alabama's 

( oilege of Community Health 

Sciences as the tor \tf its 

Rural Scholars Program. 

Brandon has been 
involved from the beginning 
in this ttensive, comprehen- 
sive effort to identifv and nur- 
ture future rural health aire 
providers. "This is our eighth 
\ ear. We w ill be selecting our 
ninth dass on July 1 . I he first 
eight in that first class are fin- 
ishing their residencies. Of 
those eight, five are going into 

rural communities in 

Alabama. Two will be 
in general pediatrics: 
one will be in 
Huntsville and one will 
be- in Mobile. Seven of 
those eight first medical 
students will be in pri- 
mary care: five o( those 
seven will be in rural 
care. 'I "hut's as good as 

am medical schml in 
the countrv doe^ s far 
as getting rural kids 
back into rural prac- 

Dr. Brandon does manv 


things to help people, from 
setting bones to volunteering 
with the sports teams in 
Pickens County. He thor- 
oughly enjoys everything 
about being a country doc- 
tor—and doesn't plan to do 
anything else in his career. 'I 
specially enjoy it now 
because I have this second job 
with the university which 

allows me do things thai will 
mean something 50 years 

from now, not just today and 

tomorrow " 

You too could become 
a country doctor— a rural 
health care practitioner. 

The University of 
Alabama's College of 
Community Health 

Sciences is looking for stu- 
dents who are smart 
enough, motivated 

enough, and care enough. 
If vou are, they will be 
witn vou every step of the 


If the life of a rural 

physician intrigues you. 
contact them at the 
department of communi- 
ty and rural medicine— 

John Wheat, MD, 
MPH, Professor of 
Community & Rural 
Medicine and Internal 
Medicine, is director of 
the L'A Rural Scholars 
Programs. You can con- 
tact him at or 

Read the book. Tliink about the state. 
And, one day... meet the author 

This fall, the Sheiton State Courier plans to 
bring the author oi a fascinating new' book 
about the history oi .Vlabama to campus. Over 
the next feu sues, we will be telling vou 
more and more about: 

Inside Akbtwm: A Personal History of My 
State, by Harvey H. Jackson 

Jackson )o\t> ;j good paradox, awl he delin- 
eates quite a few m Inside AlalKima: "George Wallace owed his 
election to ihe \ cry poten he had earlier iritxl to disfranchise. ()f 
all the ironies in Alabama political htst. >rv Uiis is one of the great- 


Inside Alabama is available in fine bookstores throughout 

the state or on-line at uapress.uaedu. 



Ph s<v ,1 Tvch Program 

Program nails community service 

Helton students \tkki Johnson and Jennifer Elmore % mani- 
cures on March 20 at the Senior Info Fair sponsored by focus. 
77/< ail Tech student* also visited Davis-Emerson Middle 

on fan. 20 to teach the sixth grade about proper nail care 
and the imp or t a nce of hand sanitation. On April 15, the stu- 
dents went to the Hannah Home for battered women to perform 
spa manicures. 

Free 'English as a Second Language' 

summer classes 

Sheiton Suae Community College's Adult Education 
Program will be offering 'English as Second LmgBigC (LSI 
(lasses* though the summer 

The free classes are offered at three different locutions in 
Tuscaloosa: Monday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 
Hot\ Spirit Catholic High School; Tuesday and Thumb) 
from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Student 
Center and Sunday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 

Alberta Baptist Church. 

For tkUiitianal information an English as a Second 
language Classes. ' {-all Fran Turner at 205/391 -2207 

or Philip Johnson at 205/342-2766. 




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From Page 1 

ihc ( enter and this campaign 

have lott\ goals, to: "lake 

imeofie who is unemployed 

or underemployed and give 

them some confidence in 

themselves and actual h 
improve the qoalit) of their 


The Work t or 

Development (enter, located 

at the Miction Stale campus, is 
directed bv Susan Miller and 
offers a program to train and 
develop skills for people who 
are willing i»» work to become 
B "Certified Alahumu 
Worker." Miller also directs 
10 other Focussed Induslrv 


Training (II I) (enters 

throughout West Alabama, 
which provide computer- 
assisted and oneon-one skills 
tutoring tor clients. 

With certification from 
either the Workforce 
Development (enter al 
s Helton or the other 10 cen- 
ters, employers can feel 
assured an applicant i< quali- 
fied. Clients—potential 
employees in West Alabama 
industries-receive up to 4()0 
hours of training through this 
program. However. the> may 
tiain the skills the\ need in far 
fewer. It is the centers' job (0 
assess the needs and build the 
skills necessary. 

All unrestricted, private 
gifts to the capital campaign 

will go to establish the ere 
ation of a luiuon-ussMancc 

end* *w ment. Ni m job seekers 
will have fewer obstacles 
standing in the wa\ of a 
brighter future. The endow- 
ment will have the I1c\ibilii\ 
to help clients no matter what 
their problems are. 

"The tuition assistance will 
provide for anything that 
keeps people from being gain- 
lu 1 1 j empl< i\ ed ." c \ pi a i u 8 
Drummond. "It cvmid mean, 
under certain circumstances, 
providing support for such 
things as crutchi or glasses, 
etc. h could mean helping 
them with transportation. 
The interest earned from the 
endowment will provide 
tuition assistance and scholar- 
ships to people wilting to 
"appl\ themselves, work hard 
and advance." according to 

Local businessman and 
Shelton Slate alumnus Roland 
Pugh sen es as honorary chair 
man lor the campaign. Pugh. 
along with ( ampaign Director 
lomnn Hester and Shelton 

suite President kick Rogers 

have financial commitments 
from local businesses, com- 
munity leadei md such pub 
lie figures as l I.S. Sen. }c\X 
sessions, but lhe\ are looking 
for much more support Ihc 
project also has had some 
assistance from state agenek 
such as AID1 (Alabama 
Industrial Development 

I minimi) and ADI A 

lomnni Hester (R) chairman oj the $3 million Workforce 
Development Cento capital campaign talk* with a guest at the 
Cemter pen house on May 19. 

(Alabama Department of 
1 conomic and C'ommunitv 

Drummond sa\s the 
Work Force Development 
Center sees the big picture 
w hen it comes to em pi o\ ment. 
"Not only will math and read- 
ing skills ix* improved," he 

sa\ s. but "the trainint: will also 
include how to dress, learn to 

be dependable, teamwork and 

how to understand such things 
as constructive criticism in the 

The college's commitment 
U) and enthusiasm for the 
endowment project can he 
seen in the words of President 
kick Rogers. He was on hand 

thank Pugh w h got the 
pn > jeet rol I i n a w i th a S H X MX X) 

"I believe that this cam- 
tign. one of our most impor- 
tant ever, is appropriately 
named Building futures 
because that is evacth what 

this funding will enable us to 
6o. Not onl\ will the ("enter 
be training and assessing entry 

level employees, it will also 
accommodate those in the 

workforce who are in need of 
flexible and immediate skill 
training, thus ensuring a better 

life lor those employees and 

their families and also for the 

West Alabama economy as a 

u In >lc." 



split term 



July 7 

Onsite registration 
tor second summer 
split term elates at 
Shelton State will be 
held on Wednesday, 
July 7. This option is 
available for current 
returning, transient 

and transfer stu- 
dents. Please call 
205/391-2900 or visit 
the Shelton State 
website at 

<http://www.shel- / >www. to 
register. The first day 
of second summer 
split term classes is 
July 8 and classes end 
on Aug. 10. 

College students may be ignoring the real dangers of drinkin 

B\ Flizalx th Strangis! Writer 

Manx ! uscaloosii urea col- 
lege students drink. However. 

it is often asked if Student re 
aware ^( the dangers of drink 


While the use ot other sub- 
stances ^uch as marijuana. 

COCaine, pills, and other illegal 

substances is a problem 
among college students, stud- 

ies show that drinking is the 
leading cause <A had grade 
accidents, death and arrests in 

allege -age students. 
And half of the age group 
this allecis is not even old 

enough to bu\ beer. 

According to MAJ )| ).com. 
the highest level of both binge 
and hcavv drinking is voting 

adults aged 18-25. 

Studies have shown that 
excessiv e drinking is common 
in undergraduate students with 
the students lending to slow 

down during their junior and 

senior wars. 


But do students realh 
understand the dangers of their 
drinking'.' Most students and 

See Drinking 

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SSCC welcomes Hispanic community 

School hoard member Sandra Hall Ray addresses members of the 
Hispanic community on the A tertnt Campus on -April 2<> for "Open 

trws," a cooperative program to proinde information on resourc 
azwlable to tlie Spanish speaking comtmmihf of West Alabama. Vie 
event cms sponsored by Shelton, UA, U A Spanish Outreach Program. 
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SATURDAY 8:30 AM-!2:3() PM 


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July 1 - July 26, 2004 

Helton #>tatc Counr r 

Page 5 

Shelton students 

ed to shun the sun 

By Sarah E Watkins 

Staff Writer 

Cancer; the ver\ word 

strikes fear in the hearts and 
minds of millions. Some can- 
cer is preventable and some is 
not. Even though many peo- 
ple are terrified of the thought 
of having cancer, the\ still kill 

themselves slowly and 


One o\' the most preventa- 
ble Upes of cancer is skin can- 
cer. Millions are seared of get- 
ling ii. vet so manv people still 
baste in the sun for hours, dav s 
at a time, for that deadly, gold- 
en, bronze glow. 

Many people don't think 
of the consequences of tan- 
ning in the sun or tanning 
beds, and the\ don't know of 
the safe alternatives. Ben if 
you aten*t tanning on purpose 
and you're just outside to 
work, exercise, leisure around, 
etc.. you stilt need to protect 
your skin. 

Dcbra Phillips, a person 
who herself has had a skin 
scare and was happy to II nd 
out the mole she believed to be 
cancerous turned out to be 
benign says, "At m\ last 
check-up. m\ doctor saw a 
mole that she didn't like and 

wanted to do a biopsy on it." 
Phillips said she doesn't even 
try to get a tan. but she was 
burned a few times from the 
sun when she was voungcr. 
"People hack when we were 
\oung didn't have knowledge 
about how dangea>us the sun 
is: we didn't have tiood or 
powerful sunscreens, and we 
didn't have alternatives like 
natural looking self-tanners 
like people have today. & 
while you are young, take 
advantage of this. Phillips 

People who are at most 
risk for de\ eloping skin cancer 
are fair-skinned individuals 
and those who spend exces- 
sive amounts of time in the 
sun or tanning beds. 

Local dermatologist Dr. 
Robert Bentle> sa\s. 'There is 
no such thing as a safe tan." 
Bentiev said self- tanners are 
e;ood but \ou siill need to wear 
a sun screen oi' some sort to 
protect \ou from the harmful 
ravs of the sun. "When work- 
ing full -lime. I see prohubh 
one or two new skin cancer 
cases a dav." Bcnllc\ said. 

Bentiev believes strong!) 
in the 'W-B-C-D" method' of 

checking yourself for signs of 

skin cancer. 


• Borders 

• ( olor varied 

• Diameter 

If the mole is asymmetric. 
which means having half of 
the mole looking different 
from the other half, if the bor- 
ders of the mole hav e irregular 
edges, if there are manv differ- 
ent colors in the mole, or if the 
diameter of the mole is bigger 
an >und than about the si/e of a 
pencil's eraser, then vou ma\ 
want fe) cheek with a derma- 
tologist to check for skin can- 

There are three major types 
of skin cancer which are: 

• Basal ( VII Carcinoma 

• Squamous Cell 

Carcin oma 

• Melanoma 

Basal cell carcinoma is the 
most common and the least 
malignant. Usually the cancer 
lesions occur on the sun- 
exposed areas of the face. 
They first appear as dome- 
shaped nodules that develop a 
pearly, beaded-edge central 

Squamous cell carcinoma 
usually comes in the form of 8 
scaly, red. round elevation, 
and most often arises on the 
scalp, ear. lip, or hand. It usu- 

al ly grows fast and if removed 
soon, chance of complete cure 
is good. 

Melanoma is the most dan- 
gerous skin cancer and 
accounts for only about 5 per- 
cent of skin cancers. 
However, its incidence is 

increasing rapidly ever) year. 

Melanoma can occur am 
whereon the bodv 

It often appears as a 

spreading brown or black 
patch that grows rapidly 
around surrounding lymph 
and blood vessels, fciarh 


detection is a must for 
melanoma. Also, hope Of sur- 
vival is poor if the lesion is too 

Too much sun, exposure 
can also play a mle in damag- 
ing DNA. If the DNA is hit 
with large supplies of UV 
light, the situation is not good. 
Michael Aaron, a science 
teacher at Shelton State said, 
"If vou are outside a lot use a 
little common sense and w ear 
a protectant: cspccialK if you 
bum easilv. double up on sun 
screen because people have 
found that the more \ou sun 
bum, the higher your risk of 
developing skin cancer," 

The number one problem 
faced when tr\»ng to teli peo- 

ple to stay oul of the sun is 
their concern with wanting a 
golden tan to look better. 
F ort u nately, there are mam 
ife and natural -looking alter- 
natives to gelling a beautiful 


• Sprav tan booths 

• Self-tan k >tions/foams 

• Bronzer pow ders 
tan booths are 

becoming more widespread 

and popular. The) can be 
found at manv salons in tow n. 
You can purchase packages or 
pa) as yon go. 

There are computerized 
ones and there are ones where 
an assistant will help spray 
you if vou wish. Self-tanners 
are also v ery popular and the 
most common. You can pur- 
chase self-tanners at depart- 
ment stores or drugstores 

Self-tanners range in price 
to fit everv budget Bron/cr 

powders are also very cost 

efficient and easy to find. 
Bron/x*rs are especially good 
to use for the face, neckline, 
and shoulders. 

For more information on 
skin cancer visit: 

• wvv.melanoma-skin-can- 

• w w. ski 


Your Future 


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young people consider it a 

harmless recreational aeti\ ity. 
when it is detmiteh not. 

Drinking impairs vision 
and train of thought and also 
impair> one's judgment It's a 
fact, while under the influ- 
ence, most people make 
choices that thev would not 
make if the) \\ ere » >ber. 

Studies have shown that 
ever) 15 minutes someone 
dies in an alcohol related car 
cident. If not death, it can 
cause a |)erson to lose their 
license. pay incredible 
amounts o\' fines and be stuck 
with probation. And that's 
after the time one could spend 

us jail. 

As of April 14. the number 
f alcohol violations in 
Tuscaloosa this year was at 

Students that drink at an 
excess often show high risk of 
having an addiction. The more 
a person drinks the higher the 
risk. Students often resort t 
filing drunk i \\ a\ of deal- 
ing with their problems. 

As college and the routine 

of every da v life can become 

* * 

very unnerving, some are 
prone to pick up a bottle to 
"relax" them. If students are 
not careful, this can become a 
lifelong struggle. 

Alcohol can also provoke 
violence and vandalism. After 
a few beers, someone misiht 
find themselves more angry or 
irritable, which may cause 
arguments ;md fights. 

Long-term effects of 

drinking are even more 
severe. Excessive drinking 
can cause liver damage. sti>m- 
ach problems, depression and 
other serious health issues. 

According to MADI.X 
binge drinking is associated 
with lower grades among col- 
lege students. Approximately 
five drinks per occasion are 
associated with a lower (il'A 
by half a grade. 

Many students end up 

withdrawing from class* 

because their partying left 
them not wanting to go to 
class, and they spent less time 

Tuscaloosa Count) has 

recently passed some ordi- 
nances to crack down on 
excessive drinking. There can 
no longer be indoor furniture 
outside your house or rest- 

This ordinance has the 
intention of cutting down on 
drinking that lakes place out- 

On April 24. the Al; 
Senate voted to ban 1 9 and 12* > 

sear olds from has. Most ha; 


are currently I ind up. I he 
bill will now >in front of the 
House lor e -nsidcrai This 

law should eliminate underage 
drinking In bars. 

Overall, a lot of college 
students feel that drinking is 
just all in fun. 

However, students even- 


where should remember to 
make smart choices when it 
comes to drinking— including 

drinking in moderation, pac- 
ing themselves, not drinking 
and driving and making sure 

they're with people that will 
look out for them 

Adapted from the Internet 

Warning: the consumption of alcohol... 

•May make you think you are whispering 

when you are not. 
•Is a major factor in your thinking you can 

• May cause you to tell your friends over and 

over again that you love them. 
•May cause you to think you can sing. 
•May lead you to believe that ex-lovers are 

really dying for you to telephone them at 

four in the morning. 
•May make you think you can logically con 

verse with other members of the opposite sex 

without spitting. 
•May make you think you have mystical Kung 

Fu powers, resulting in you getting your butt 

•May cause you to roil over in the morning and 

see something really scary. 



s&hclton &>tatf Conner 

July 1 - July 26 y 2004 

After everything, I'm still jumping 

By Kareem Ward 


Special to ihe Courier 

I was Kirn on Jan. 28, 
1983 In York. Ala. 1 am the 
youngest of three bovs. M\ 
life has been somewhat of a 
roller coaster. Although I am 
onlv 21. I have seen alot and 
been through alot also. J was 
<tn honor roll student until 
M\ih grade, hut m\ lite stsrtcd 
going dow nhill when 1 began 
to use dmgv 

I had started hanging out 
with the wrong crowd and I 
ended up failing the sixth 
grade. Although I made up m> 
eoursework in summer 
school, mv life wasn't the 
line after. 

I made it to high school, 
but I failed m\ ninth. lOth.and 
llth crude years. I reall\ did- 

K + at 

n't care about school, all I 
eared about was smoking 
everyday and having fun. 

My grades in the da 
lOOm kept me from playing 
basketball. The coaclu 

offered mv money to get m\ 
grades right to pla\ my llth 
grade year. Hut me. being me. 
1 didn't eare about the mone\ 


or playing basketball al all. 

1 onl\ realized 1 wanted to 
play high school basketball 
when there was a dunking 
contest al school. Ihe gym 
was packed with students and 
teachers. I wasn't known fi 
being a player, so everyone 

uas surprised to see me in the 
contest I knew 1 would shock 

even one with the dunk I was 
going to do. 

My first dunk had even 
ne runnning onto the fltx>r. 
Ihe feeling I felt then just 
made me want to play Ihe 

next year, I was going to play. 

I had m\ grades up amd the 
onh thing 1 was waiting on 
was for practice to start. 
On the day before practice 

started, 1 got into an altercation 

with a teacher. I ended up 
pushing the teacher in the 
chest. 1 was suspended for a 
week, and then 1 had to meet 

with the superintendent He 

expelled me for the rest o\ the 
year. I cried for a minute. But 
after 1 got mv hands on some- 
thing to smoke, 1 was OK. 

I ended up going to anoth- 
er school for a month, but then 
1 drop ped out. Man> people 
started to doubt me after 1 
dropped out of schi t A. But I 
believed in myself the entii 
time. I knew I w; >ing to go 
hack to school, and that I was 
going to graduate -and I did. 

Toward the end of school, 1 
got a chance to try-out for 
Shelton Suite, and I made the 
team. Even one was shocked 
that I was graduating and that 
I had a scholarship to pla\ 
hall. I was finally getting the 
chance to play organized ball. 

During m\ first sear at 

Shelton, we won the state 

championship. We also set a 
record for the most wins in 
school history. Then the roller 
coaster started attain. Mv set 

Shelton basketball player 
Kareem Ward 

nd wear at Shelton was much 
different. I went through a 
series of injuries that lasted the 
whole season, I had two knee 
surgeries within a one-month 
period My knees bothered my 
the entire season. It was like a 
nightmare to me. 

1 c< mldn't contribute Go my 
team and that was v er> hard. 1 
a*all\ wasn't total Iv read) to 
pi until i season was over. 
Him ever, there was a bright 
spot. 1 won the Alabama 
Junior College Slam Dunk 
Contest held during All-Star 
weekend i i pril. 

i have signed to continue 
mv basketball career at the 
University of West Alabama. 
It is onl\ twenty minutes from 
my home. Yes. m\ life Ik 
been a uggle. But kn> mg 


that 1 blew so manv chances in 
high school just makes the 
opportunities 1 have been 
given at Shelton and UWA 
even more special. 

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institution. The president and 
the administration'wili always 
seek to maintain the correct 

balance between these 
incrva and the impact they 
ultimately have on our stu- 
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Helton ;§>tate Courier 

Page 7 

Looking for Something tO do... Check out these students' hobbies 

Shelton student keeps Communcating the old fashioned way 

family tradition of 
racing speeding alon 

By Crystal Spradlin 

Staff Writer 

Racing is a sport that is 
loved by most. People ot" al! 
ages are interested in the sjx>rt. 
but onlv a few actual l\ know 
what it's like. 

Round track racing is w hat 
1 4o on the weekends. Al 
Birmingham Internationa! 

Speedway, Dixie Speedway in 

Savre and Huntsville 
Speedw u\ are the tracks near- 
by. They are asphah tracks 
ranging from a quarter of a 
mile to half of a mile around. 

The tracks are small, but 
depending on the division you 
are in. your speeds range from 
60 to 100 mph. There are at 
least 10 competitors on the 
track. ITic comers are tight, 
and the front and backstretch 
are short when needing to 
advance to a higher position. 

These tracks use a points 
system, and at the end of the 
season, competitors are 
awarded with a trophy and 
track title. During the season 
thev arc rewarded with cash 
prizes according to the place 
thev finish. 


These tracks are where 
Mike Harmon, Davev. Bobby, 
and Clifford Allison all started 
out before they made it to 

There are many drivers 
that are out there each w eek- 
end to ha\ e fun and others are 
at there dreaming to make it 
Km. I fall into the last cate&o- 
ry; I hope one day I will be 
able to find a sponsor and race 

at Talladega Super Speedway. 
There are several divisions 
that drivers mav race in: mini- 
modified, open-wheels, modi- 
fied lights, street stock, late 

model, pure street. American 
buzz, hog cars, and the last 
two are all time favorites: 
demolition derby and figure 

It takes time, money, and 
know ledge to buifd a race car. 
Drivers need to know the rules 
of each track before they start 
building or else the) can end 
up wasting money and time. 

Competitors also have to 
have spare parts for when thev 
are involved in a wreck. 

If you are serious!) inter- 
ested in building a race car, it 
could take up to five hard da> 
and estimating $3,500 for a 
mini-modified. And that is just 
a base price to get the car out 
on the track. After it is on the 
track you will probably be 
buying more parts and tires for 
the follow ing race. 

Anyone mav race at the 
tracks as long as you follow 
the safetv guidelines. You can 
find all of the rules and safetv 
guidelines in a rule book from 
the track or online. 

This is a fun sport that guys 
and girls can be involved in. I 
encourage more girls to come 
out and see what the sport is 
all about. 

1 have built my mini-mod- 
ified and have enjoyed the 
time that I was able to spend 
with my dad and brother who 
also race. This is a family ori- 
ented sport and will continue 
to grew as long as we pas^ 
down the knowledge that we 

Rm- more racing experi- 
ence and information, try B1R 
on Friday nights and Savre on 
Saturday nights. All races 
begin at 7. Visitors can even 
come in the pit area to get 
hands on experience. 

Racing at Birmingham International Speedway with ha' brother 
and father is a favorite pasllimt of Shelton student Crystal { 

B> Jason Spencer 

Slat J Writer 

Shortwave radio is a vers 
interesting hobby for students 
to gel into. For those that w ish 
to just leam more about the 
world that they live in or to 


just just get a different spin on 
world views and opinions, 
short wave definite!} is a plus. 
Shortwave broadcast 
comes from all different 
coutries from around the 
world. The United States gov- 
ernment uses two main short- 
wave stations to broadcast its 

points of view. 

Voice of America, or VOA 
news, broadcasts in a variety 
of languages t< > many jxtrts of 
the world to people wanting a 
different opinion of world 

Radio Marti, mandated 
by congress, is mainly 
aimed towards I .at in 
America. Cuba and man\ 
islands in the Caribbean. 
Radio Marti aired in 
Spanish and has manv dif- 
ferent cultural, musical 
and news pnjgrams. 

Though Radio Marti is 


heard around the 
Caribbean, as well as 
VOA, it is often hard for 
Cubans to hear these stations 
because Cuba is known to 
intentionally jam American 

Over my years of listening 
to shortwave radio. I have 
heard mam stations around 


the world and also received 
mam materials form those 
stations that encourage a posi- 
tive outlook on their nation. 

Radio Taiwan is one of mv 
favorite stanY . Thev have a 


variety of programs both in 
English and in Chinese bruid- 
cast to 


QSL, radio jargon for con- 
firmation contact is often 
>.ent in the representation oi' a 
card to one that has submitted 
a QSL report QSL reports 
often ask the listener about 
the quality of sound and o\ 
programmng heard on the Sta- 
tion. Manv stations have been 
sending these out since short- 
wave radio first hit the scene 
around the mid !9(K)'s during 
the boom of commercial 

You ma\ note on short- 
wave that there are several 
categories of breadcast sta- 
lions. One particular genre 
would have to be the 



stations broadcast day and 
night and are often the first 
stations that you hear on the 

Other types of # stations 
include news stations such a 
the British Broadcasting 
Corporation (BBC news). and 
Deutsch Welle (German for 
German Wave). These stations 
broadcast news in manv world 


languages around the clock. 

Other stations provide a 
cultural sen ice that leache 

the native language of the sta- 
tions as w ell as the current cul- 
tual events taking place. 
Main nations just broad- 
ist an even variety o( pro- 
grams spanning from the cul- 
tural to world new s. 

For those interested in vis- 
iting a foreign country, it 
would be verv beneficial to 


listen to their shortwave 


Also, for those that are 

from other countries, using a 

shortwave radio offers the 
opportunity to listen to the 
current events in their home- 
land in their native language. 
There are manv benefits to 
listening to shortwave radio. 
Most stations value their lis- 
teners and send them small 
gifts just for listening. 

E-mailing these stations 
allows the listener to give 
input on the programming 

If anyone is interested 

in getting into this hobby, 
the best way is to simpty 

go to a Radio Shack and 
ask around for a short- 
wave radio. Thev can cost 


anywhere from $25 to 

$2,500 depending on what 
your needs are. 

Usual!) the radios above 
$200 have features that are not 
for the no\ ice user, si > a cheap 
radio will usual tv suit vour 

In the age of television and 
telecommunications that can 
broadcast information around 
the world in a flash, it is often 
a great relief to hear it the old 
fashioned was of tuning in 
like vour grandparents did. 

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master the subjects of their choice. 

Perhaps more importantly, the liberal arts foundation 

of a University of Montevalio education 
allows students to develop the critical-thinking skills 

required for success in their careers, 
their communities, their lives. 

At UM, we believe preparation for the real world 

is the most important education of all. 

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